Yesterday Disney surprised ’90s kids everywhere by announcing next summer DuckTales will return with a brand new series, just in time for the 30th anniversary of the original show’s premiere. (I’ll wait while you finish reeling from the shock that we’re old. Old as dirt.)
DuckTales will launch with 21 half-hour episodes and two one-hour specials, giving fans new and old about five months of content, depending on how many weeks are in each month. Disney promises all the original characters will return. Most likely Huey, Dewey, and Louie will be up to their old shenanigans with Webbigail as the adults (Uncle Scrooge, Uncle Donald, Launchpad McQuack, and Gyro Gearloose) either help or hinder their efforts.
The new show will air on Disney XD, the same channel that houses the fantastic Star Wars Rebels series as well as some lesser known properties. But DuckTales may signal Disney is ready to commit more resources to original animated series on the channel that replaced the now-defunct Toon Disney. And if the company wanted to jumpstart a nostalgia renaissance, DuckTales is the way to go. When the 1987 version launched, it began a hot streak for Disney cartoons. The following years saw the creation of Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers (1989), TaleSpin (1990), and Darkwing Duck (1991), among others.
In the video below, I lay out why DuckTales need to lead directly to a revival of Darkwing Duck because a new generation needs a great theme song directing them to “get dangerous.”